Lesson 2

The Main Tool Palette

The main screen of PrintMusic includes a Main Tool Palette. For Mac users, the Main Tool Palette usually resides along the left hand side of the screen. PC users will find the Main Tool Palette across the top of the screen.

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Main Tool Palette (Mac version)

If you changed your Main Tool Palette in the Program Options pull down menu that we covered in the last lesson, your Tool Palette may look a little different.

The
Main Tool Palette functions as the brain center for PrintMusic. Each tool icon performs a specific function. Most of the tools are selected by a single click of the mouse. As you select each tool, a new set of pull down menus may also appear across the top of your screen.

Become familiar with the names of each of the tool icons.

Mac Users: Click on each icon and the name of that icon and a brief description of that icon will now appear at the top of your PrintMusic document.

PC Users: move the mouse over each icon and the name will appear under the icon and a description will appear at the bottom of your screen When you click on an icon, notice how the pull down menus change across the top of your screen.

All Users:

Changing Page Views

After you set up the instruments in your score, you are presented with the first page of your PrintMusic document. This view is called Page View. When you are finished inputting music into a document, you will format the document in Page View so that you can get ready to print out your score.

When you are inputting music into PrintMusic, it is usually best to work in Scroll View. You can think of Scroll View as a never-ending scroll of music.

To change to
Scroll View:

Go to the
View pull down menu and select Scroll View.

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Notice that you are no longer looking at a single page of music.

It is much easier to move to a remote location in a big score using
Scroll View.

Use the arrow keys Screen Shot 2014-06-20 at 4.58.52 AM at the bottom left hand side of the document to scroll through the measures in your score. PC Users your arrows are located on the Left and Right bottom of your screen. Try it!

Notice that the measure numbers located at the top of the first stave are changing. Since we have not entered any music at this time, it is hard to tell if we are moving through the score.

You may also grab the small scroll box, located at the bottom of the document to quickly scroll through the score.
Try it!

To move to a specific measure in a score, type the measure number in the box located to the right of the word
Measure and hit return on your computer keyboard.

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Try it!


The Measure Tool Screen Shot 2014-06-20 at 5.00.32 AM

When you create a score in PrintMusic, you are provided with 31 measures of music. You may change that in the Document Setup Wizard when you are first creating a new document (we did for this project)

Make sure that you are still in
Scroll View and scroll to the end of your string quartet. You should see a double bar, indicating the end of the piece.

To add a single measure at the end of the document:

Double click on the Measure Tool Screen Shot 2014-06-20 at 5.00.32 AM located in your Main Tool Palette.

You should now see an added measure at the end of the piece.

To add multiple measures at the end of a document:

Option-click (Mac) or Ctrl-click (PC) on the Measure Tool and you will see the following dialog box:


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Type in the desired number of measures that you wish to add to the end of your document and click OK.

To insert a measure anywhere in a score:

Make sure the
Measure Tool is selected.

Single click on a measure in your score so that it is highlighted.

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The measure or measures will be inserted before your highlighted measure.

From the
Edit pull down menu, select Insert Measure Stack.

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You will now see the Add Measure dialog box. Enter the number of measures that you wish to insert and then click OK.

The measures will now be added to all of the instruments in your score, appearing before your highlighted measure.

To Delete Measures:

Make sure the Measure Tool is still selected.

Select the measure that you wish to delete by clicking it so that it is highlighted.

To select multiple measures, hold down the
shift key while clicking on each measure that you want to delete.

Hit the
Delete on your computer keyboard.

The measures will now be removed from all staves in your score.

To Change a bar line in a measure:

Highlight the measure by clicking on it.

Double click the box that is attached to the bar line that you want to change.

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You will now see the following window:

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Select the bar line that you desire and click
OK. Your new bar line will now be added to your score.


Adding New Staves

After you have created a score using the PrintMusic Document Setup Wizard, you may find that you want to add another staff to your project.

Single click on the Staff Tool Screen Shot 2014-06-20 at 5.06.33 AM and notice that the Staff pull down menu has now been added to the top of your document.

From the
Staff pull down menu select New Staves…

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You are now looking at the Score Manager


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Let’s add a piano staff.


Go to the
Add Instrument pull down menu and select Keyboards and then Piano.


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Your new piano staff will now show in the
Score Manger

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Close the Score Manager by clicking on the red button located at the upper
left hand side of the
Score Manager window.

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Your new piano staff should now be placed in your string quartet



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The Undo/Redo Command

Finale PrintMusic allows you multiple undo commands. This comes in very handy if you make a mistake, which I do all the time.

We don’t really want a piano in our string quartet, so to get rid of it quickly:

Go to the
Edit pull down men and select Undo New Staff

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Keyboard shortcuts for the Undo command are:

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The Edit pull down menu also provides you with a Redo command.

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Try It! Use the undo and redo command to add and get rid of your piano staff!

The Staff Tool Screen Shot 2014-06-20 at 5.06.33 AM

The Staff Tool is used for setting the basic information for each staff including staff name, transposition, clefs, key signatures, and other characteristics generic to staff systems.

Make sure that your String Quartet is still open.

Select the
Staff Tool Screen Shot 2014-06-20 at 5.06.33 AM from the Main Tool Palette.

Double click the first full measure in the Violin 1 Staff


You should now see the following window:

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Staff Attributes dialog box

You can select attributes for other staves by using the pull down arrows from the Staff Attributes For: dialog box.

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Using the arrow keys to select different staves.


Close the Staff Attributes dialog box by clicking Cancel.



Project 1:

Using the information that we already know, we will now set the staff attributes for an extended String Quartet.

Use the
Save As command so you don’t overwrite your original String Quartet and save this as your name Project 1. So mine would be saved as follows:

Pfenninger Project 1.

Add two new staves to your string quartet:

Trumpet in Bb

Alto Saxophone

Notice that PrintMusic has already provided the correct transpositions for both instruments (and you spent all that time in theory class memorizing your transpositions).


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Open up your original String Quartet. If you forgot to use the Save as… command from Project 1, just create a new string quartet based on our original string quartet information.

Select the
Simple Entry Tool from the Main Tool Palette by clicking on it.

Finale will allocate your instruments for playback, so you can hear the correct sound for each instrument that appears in your score.

You should also see the
Simple Entry Tool Palette:

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Simple Entry Tool Palette.

PC Users note that your Simple Entry Tool Palette will appear down the left hand side of your screen.

At this time you may also want to add the
Simple Entry Rest Palette.

Go to the Window pull down menu and select Simple Entry Rests Palette.

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You should now see your Simple Entry Rests Palette appear. PC users note that your Simple Entry Rests Palette will appear on the left hand side of the screen.

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Macintosh Simple Entry Rest Palette.


Most of the icons in the Simple Entry Tool Palette are self-explanatory. For a brief explanation of each icon:

Macintosh users: click on each icon and a description will appear at the top of the Print Music document.

PC users: users: click on each icon and a description will appear at the bottom of the Print Music document.
To enter music, select the note or rest value that you want to enter and click on the staff to enter a note or rest.

If you enter a note, and your MIDI and playback devices are setup correctly, you should hear the note and the correct sound for the instrument assigned to the staff that you are entering notes into.

To stack notes and create chords, just click above the note that you already entered.

Also remember that our first measure in our string quartet has been assigned as an eighth-note pickup measure. The only note the first measure can accept is an eighth-note!

You may also use your MIDI keyboard to enter notes using
Simple Entry:

Select the rhythmic value that you want to enter by clicking on a note icon in the Simple Entry Palette and then play your MIDI keyboard; the notes will be entered right into your score in the rhythmic value that you selected.

The
Numeric Keypad on your computer keyboard also corresponds to note values in the Simple Entry Palette. Use the Numeric Keypad to change note values quickly while entering music. For example, the number 4 corresponds to an 8th note value; the number 5 corresponds to a quarter note value, etc.

Try It! Experiment with using the Simple Entry Tool. Don’t save your work. It is time for another project.

Project 2:

Using the
Simple Entry Palette, enter this melody into your String Quartet.

Use the
Save As command so you don’t overwrite your original String Quartet and save this as your name Project 2.



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The Key Signature Tool Screen Shot 2014-06-21 at 5.43.38 AM

PrintMusic’s Key Signature Tool allows you to assign a key signature to your score even after you have entered a key signature using the Document Set-Up Wizard.

Make sure that your String Quartet is open.

Select the
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Double click on the first measure of the Violin 1 part, and you will now see the following dialog box:

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Use the scroll slider attached to the right of the Key Signature staff to select the key of Bb major (down) and click OK when you are finished.

Notice that the key signature has now changed to Bb Major in each staff (only Finale will allow you to set up independent key signatures). Oh, oh time for an upgrade?

Don’t save any changes to your string quartet at this time. We are going to be experimenting with it a little more.



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You can use the Clef Tool in the Main Tool Palette to change clefs within a staff after you have already set the primary clef in a staff.

Make sure that your string quartet is still open.

Select the
Clef Tool from the Main Tool Palette by clicking on it so that it is highlighted.

Double click the first measure of the Violin 1 part. You should now see the following window:

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Select the bass clef by clicking on it so that it is highlighted.

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Enter the following information into the Measure Region dialog box:

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Click on the
OK button.

You should now see the following clef changes in your Violin 1 part:

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Try It! Experiment with changing clefs in your string quartet. Don’t save any of your work, unless you want to!

Project 3:

Using your original string quartet document set up the following clef changes:


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Use the
Save As command so you don’t overwrite your original String Quartet and save this as your name Project 3.



Recap: Lesson 2

You should have a better understanding of:

The Main Tool Palette
Changing Page Views
The Measure Tool
Deleting and adding measures
Adding new staves
The undo/redo command
The Staff Tool
The Staff Attributes dialog box
Entering music using Simple Entry
The Key Signature Tool
The Clef Tool

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